Library Offers Guidance on New Research Tools

Workshops to Demonstrate Uses for Newest Databases and Methods

March 3, 2009

Library technology changes so frequently that academic library users have yet to learn the most up-to-date research tools and techniques.

To lend a hand, McDermott Library’s Public Service librarians are offering a series of free public workshops to teach users how to get the most out of the latest databases and methods.

The series begins March 4 and runs through the end of April.

Susan Kutchi
Susan Kutchi

“McDermott Library wants patrons to feel comfortable using all of the resources we have to offer,” said librarian Susan Kutchi, who is coordinating the series.

“The hourlong sessions are being presented to introduce ideas and materials that will aid users in their research, whether for class assignments or life beyond the classroom.”

Topics include RefWorks, Deciphering Citations, Weird Dictionaries and Other Fun Reference Tools, Quick and Dirty Research and Job Search Tools.

“There is a variety of research skills, and we include various departments in the library such as Special Collections, Technical Services and Reference,” said Loreen Phillips, head of information literacy services.

“Faculty members might be interested in discovering who is citing their articles and books,” Kutchi said. “One of the workshops covers that topic and how faculty members can connect with other scholars interested in related research.”

The sessions run one hour with most located in the library (MC 2.524) on the main floor.

Course descriptions are available on the McDermott Library Events Calendar. Contact susan.kutchi@utdallas.edu to register.


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SPRING 2009 LIBRARY WORKSHOPS
(All events in McDermott 2.524 unless noted)

Course descriptions are available on the McDermott Library Events Calendar.

MARCH

RefWorks, March 4, 12 p.m.

Deciphering Citations, March 5, 10:30 a.m.

Diaries, Letters & Manuscripts:  Finding Primary Sources, March 9, 12 p.m.

Deciphering Citations, March 10, 3 p.m.

Weird Dictionaries and Other Fun Reference Tools, March 11, 12 p.m.

Planes, Plants & Stamps:  Discover Special Collections, March 12,  10:30 a.m., (Special Collections, MC 3.506)

Quick & Dirty Research, March 12, 12 p.m.

UTD Faculty:  Who’s Citing You?, March 12, 12 p.m.

Discover eBooks, March 23, 12 p.m.

Learn to use ARTStor, March 25, 1 p.m.

Teaching with ARTStor, March 25, 2:30 p.m.

Presenting with ARTStor, March 25, 3:45 p.m.

APRIL

Resources for Administrative Assistants, April 1, 12 p.m.

Need Journal Articles? How to Choose a Database, April 2, 12 p.m.

Back Doors to Research, April 7, 12 p.m.

SciFinder, April 8, 12 p.m.

Music and Art Resources, April 15, 12 p.m.

More than MapQuest:  Road, Topos, Geologic and Wall Maps at McDermott, April 16, 12 p.m.

Beyond PsycInfo, April 22, 12 p.m.

Job Search Tools, April 24, 10:30 a.m.

Copyright Outlaws:  Using Course Reserves, April 29, 12 p.m.

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